Richard Guthrie

It's Brant moving day.

Flocks are streaming up the Hudson this morning.

this will likely occur through the day and into the evening.

Great stuff.


Richard Guthrie

Five Rivers 5/17

zach schwartz-weinstein

I birded Five Rivers this morning starting just before 6:00.  Highlights were at least 4 Canada Warblers, a personal record, two blackpolls, the arrival of Alder and Willow flycatchers, a Swainson's Thrush, and several other FOY birds, like Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Eastern wood-pewee.  Full checklist with photos here
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Vischer Ferry - New Arrivals


I walked the 3.5 mile western loop at Vischer Ferry Preserve starting at 6:30 am.  Some FOY's for me: 1 Black-billed Cuckoo, 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2 Alder Flycatcher, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Blackpoll Warbler. It's great to hear familiar songs again.  Others worthy of mention: Virginia Rail, Great Crested Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Marsh Wren, Wood Thrush, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager.  Flycatchers were well-represented with 3 of the 4 regularly occurring Empids in our area and 7 of the 9 flycatchers for Region 8. 

John H.

Raptor Fest at Schodack Island State Park- Saturday May 20th

Drew C

Raptor Fest - May 20, 2017 : 8:00am - 4:00pm

Audubon Society of the Capital Region will co-host Raptor Fest at Schodack Island State Park on Saturday, May 20. Guests will have a chance to learn about raptors and their conservation by interacting with live birds, building nest boxes, watching eagles, and even dissecting owl pellets. Speakers at the event will include National Geographic-featured videographer, Mike Lemery, who will show stunning bald eagle footage, as well as local author, Darryl McGrath, who will talk about her book, Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York's Bird People. The day will begin with bird walks at 8am and 9:30am, and the main event will be from 10am until 4pm. 

Raptor Fest will be fun and educational for all ages, with kids' activities, including a bounce house and arts and crafts. Lunch will be available all day from the Schodack Landing Fire Department Barbecue. There is no cost for admission to Raptor Fest; however, there will be a fee of $6 per vehicle to enter the Park. 

For more Information about Schodack Island State Park events, or to apply as a vendor at Raptor Fest, please call the Park Office at (518) 732-0187, check out our Facebook Page Schodack Island State Park, or visit

Black-billed Cuckoo


Heard calling on Luther Rd in the town of Stillwater.

Susan Beaudoin


Vischer Ferry - Canada Warbler


I stopped at Vischer Ferry Preserve early around 6 am and walked for about 45 minutes.  I didn't find very much of interest so I left and headed for the Pine Bush where we had a pretty good chorus of warblers.  But, I did spot a Canada Warbler (at VFP) by using Tom W.'s mnemonic which ends with "time for TV".  Other birds of interest include several chebek-ing Least Flycatchers, a pumping American Bittern in the back pond, and a Black-throated Green Warbler. 

John H.

eBird -- Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Karner Barrens East -- May 16, 2017

zach schwartz-weinstein

Started out slow, picked up later. Most birds in the corner where they have been the last few days (the "eastern leg" near the marsh and ponds.). At one point John H., Deb. S, and Donna Z. And I had Cape May, Blackburnian, Nashville, Parula, and Magnolia all singing in the same spot.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Karner Barrens East
May 16, 2017
6:01 AM
1.70 miles
220 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Mallard
1 Killdeer
4 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Least Flycatcher
5 Great Crested Flycatcher
9 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Common Raven
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
7 House Wren
1 Wood Thrush
5 American Robin
8 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
3 Nashville Warbler
5 Common Yellowthroat
2 American Redstart
2 Cape May Warbler
1 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
5 Prairie Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
5 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
15 Eastern Towhee
5 Northern Cardinal
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Bobolink
6 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
7 Baltimore Oriole

Number of Taxa: 48

eBird -- Nutten Hooke -- May 15, 2017


Nutten Hooke

May 15, 2017

6:47 PM


15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 67 F Hudson river high water very windy sunny

1 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult flying

Number of Taxa: 2

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Pine Bush this morning

zach schwartz-weinstein

The "eastern" section of the Karner Barrens East Yellow Trail continued to be birdy this morning despite the rain.  Highlights included Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Black-Throated-Green Warbler and Cape May Warbler.  Eventually, I met up with Tom Williams and we had a Swainson's Thrush singing and a Hermit Thrush calling and perching out in the open.  (Tom also saw the Swainson's before I met up with him.)  Three Indigo Buntings were all perched in the same tree further down past the ponds, and it was interesting to hear bobolink song on the landfill.  Some photos here  

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Little Gull - Yes

Alan Mapes

At least two little gulls were flying with the Bonaparte's off Stony Pt., Saratoga Lake around noon. Observed from the pull off with the mail boxes. 

Alan Mapes

Little Gulls


Actively feeding off Stony point rd.
Mona Bearor 

Re: 2 Little Gulls with 18 Bonapartes


No Little Gulls at Brown's currently.
Mona Bearor 

On May 15, 2017 7:10 AM, "Ronald Harrower rharrower@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
There are two full plumage Little Gulls on dock at Brown's beach at 7:10 am. 18 Bonapartes in varying plumages
Ron Harrower

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2 Little Gulls with 18 Bonapartes

Ronald Harrower

There are two full plumage Little Gulls on dock at Brown's beach at 7:10 am. 18 Bonapartes in varying plumages
Ron Harrower

Ft. Edward grasslands today

Jeff Nadler

We normally only drive through the area for winter birds but took a ride today.  We found the typical breeding birds like Eastern Meadowlark, Am. Kestrel, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, and Bobolinks galore. The high number of bobolinks was amazing throughout the area grasslands. Had a close encounter with a male northern harrier and captured this flyby shot.

The few backyard migrants today were one white-crowned sparrow, one male purple finch, and one male nashville warbler. (Hoping that Wednesday and Thursday morning with favorable nocturnal conditions brings in a huge wave of migrants)

Jeff Nadler

Saratoga Spa SP - Winter Wrens

Lindsey Duval

Today I revisited an easily sighted Winter Wren and was surprised to find that it had a singing mate nearby and I got to see it carry out a fecal sac from a large, dark opening under tree roots. Should anyone want to take a look it appears to be right near the Ferndell spring. They don't appear bothered by the high level of activity at this location, where multiple dog walkers and a family stopped to see what I was trying to photograph, and it stayed with us.

Lindsey D.

Hummingbird feeders and squirrels


Has anyone else had this problem. The squirrels in my yard have taken a liking to the the nector I prepare for my Hummer feeders. They climb up and tip the feeders so the sugar water runs out one of the feeder tubes.
The baffels I put on my seed feeders has solved the squirrel problems for years but the poles for the Hummer feeders are attached to deck railings and short. Any ideas anyone.
Ken Harpet

Vischer Ferry


I made a fairly quick stop at Vischer Ferry Preserve around 6:30 am.  Besides the 2 Mute Swans, there was a Gadwall present along the west towpath.  I didn't hear the bitterns this morning but did catch part of the chicken-like call of a Common Gallinule along the same towpath. 

John H.

eBird -- US-New York-Ballston Spa-4177 Silver Beach Road - 43.002x-73.766 -- May 14, 2017


US-New York-Ballston Spa-4177 Silver Beach Road - 43.002x-73.766

May 14, 2017

1:06 PM


15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Great find by others yesterday and today. Overcast temperature 54 F light breeze at 12:30 pm.

4 Bonaparte's Gull

1 Little Gull -- At Silver Beach Saratoga Lake NY. Flying and actively diving. Flew close to beach a few times givind great views of adult plumage rounded white wing tips a nd small size with Bonaparts for comparison. My poor photos will be reviewed later.

1 Common Tern

Number of Taxa: 3

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Little Gull flight pics


As was already reported, at least one Little Gull was observed this morning in flight from Riley's Cove or 9J among the other Bonaparte's.  They weren't resting at Brown's Beach which would make them much easier to see.  I posted 2 poor quality flight pics (on the HMBirds page) that nevertheless show the white, rather than black outer wing edge.  From Silver Beach they could be seen with a scope.

John H.